Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Letter vs. letter

Posted on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I was upset in reading the letter to the editor concerning House Bill 505 (see "Yes on HB 505" in Letters, March 21). In calling the bill, "the assisted suicide bill," it totally changes the connotation. It is more truly "aid in dying" for those at the end of life, with the "aid" being their trusted physician rather than a government agency! If people want to commit suicide, believe me, they will—either successfully or thwarted. (I've worked as an R.N. in an emergency room for 25 years and "saw plenty.") I've also seen the unnecessary suffering of many terminal patients and feel strongly that aid in dying is a right. Don't let the doctor/patient relationship we have trusted all of our lives be undermined by any government bill. Vote "no" for HB 505!

Robin Eyre

Missoula

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